A fantastic set from jazz violinist Joe Kennedy – a lesser-known talent on the instrument, but an artist who really shines here in the relaxed, open style of this French session for the Black & Blue
label! Maybe it's because the French have always had more of a respect for jazz violin than we have, or maybe it's because Joe's just a great musician – but whatever the case, the album's got this soulful clarity that comes through right from the very first note
– a reminder that, in the right hands – like Eddie South or Stuff Smith – the violin can be a fantastic vehicle for jazz soloing. Of course, it also helps that the rest of the group is great too – with Hank Jones on piano, Major Holley on bass, and Oliver Jackson on drums – on titles that include "On Green Dolphin Street", "The Major", "Wind Blown Blue
s", "Day In Day Out", and "When Lights Are Low". CD also features four unissued alternate takes!